17.08.2017

Regional Strategies for the Development of Statistics

PARIS21 engages with regional organizations and entities to foster and deepen regional co-operation on statistics in support of statistical development and capacity building of countries and regions. Regional statistical co-operation is going-on in regional commissions of the United Nations, in subregional inter-governmental bodies, and in regional or subregional capacity building centers. Regional development banks, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and regional offices of UN agencies likewise contribute to regional statistics cooperation through various programs involving groups of countries. This form of statistical cooperation offers value added in terms of:

  • Expanding the range of globally comparable data and statistical measures
  • Diminishing cost of maintaining a comprehensive national statistical system (in resource-constraint countries)
  • Contributing to international standard-setting
  • Accessing funding from development institutions and partners (e.g., funding for regular and major statistical operations, statistical infrastructures)
  • Building range and mix of skills and capacities across the region
  • Complementing statistical operation of countries with limited capacity

One of the distinct form of regional statistical co-operation involves a formal regional statistical system set-up which operates under a regional statistical steering committee and in some cases, with a statistics secretariat that coordinates and facilitates regional statistical co-operation activities. These committees are often composed of chief statisticians in member countries that regularly meet to provide guidance and direction in implementing an agreed-to regional statistics strategy or action plan (RSDS).

A Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) is a masterplan for regional statistical development. It is not a contract but a guide to good practice in regional statistical co-operation. It is linked to national and regional priorities and is consistent with the NSDS of member states. It adopts the NSDS Principles and is formulated with the objective of responding to specific regional policy objectives. PARIS21 provides support to regions in the development and updating of RSDS that aligns with regional and national development agenda.

The following have/had an RSDS or action plan on statistics as part of their regional co-operation on statistics:

asean

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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caricom

CARICOM Community (CARICOM)

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can

Comunidad Andina (CAN)

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pac

Pacific Community

PAC

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sadc

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

SADC RSDS

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saarc

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

saarc

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RSDS Resources

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DOWNLOAD RSDS Approach in a Nutshell- ENGLISH

DOWNLOAD RSDS Approach in a Nutshell- Spanish

 

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